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Quenneville suffered from internal bleeding

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Quenneville suffered from internal bleeding

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011
Posted 2:56 p.m. Updated 3:59 p.m.

By Chris Boden
CSNChicago.com

The Blackhawks released a follow-up statement Thursday afternoon on the condition of Joel Quenneville following a second day of tests in the hospital.

Joel was originally admitted to the hospital early Wednesday morning due to gastrointestinal bleeding, according to Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry. He has been stabilized and today the cause of the bleeding was determined to be a small ulcer caused by aspirin. He is resting comfortably at the hospital and we anticipate him to make a full recovery and to be released in the next few days. At the appropriate time, we will update everyone regarding his release from the hospital and return to the Blackhawks bench.

With that encouraging bit of news, acting head coach Mike Haviland can probably prepare for at least two more games guiding the Blackhawks behind the bench. Wednesday nights 3-1 win over Minnesota likely assisted in Quennevilles recovery.

I talked to Q late last night after the game, said acting head coach Mike Haviland following Thursdays practice. He watched the majority of it. He was pleased, very happy about the game. I know he has some tests today, but he was in really good spirits, joking and laughing on the phone, so it was good to hear.

System-wise, he liked us in the neutral ice, certain areas of our forecheck and our cycles. He was just happy that we won.

Haviland had yet to be told whether hed have the same role behind the bench Friday versus Columbus, but with tests still ongoing, he was certainly preparing for the possibility.

Things are hopefully looking good, added Patrick Sharp. Thats a positive sign. I thought our team played well without him last night. We kind of rallied behind him, had a good game, and we all have our fingers crossed hell be back soon. I just sent him a text and I know a couple of other guys did as well. Ive been in that position before where youre away from the team and got things going on. Just to hear from the guys and others in the organization is a good feeling. Hopefully it lifted his spirits. I know he was happy with how we finished the game the last two periods.

Patrick Kane also exchanged text messages with his coach.

I hear hes doing a lot better, so thats always a good thing to hear. We dont know when hes gonna coach. Obviously we want him back as soon as possible, but I thought Havi did a real good job last night almost like Qs protg. It was pretty much the same thing. He was good in all situations.

Two positives stood out in grabbing the two points in regulation, the first being the play of Marian Hossa, who was denied on a handful of scoring chances, but set up a pair of goals and was a dominating presence. Despite that capability, skill and history of putting up great numbers, Haviland noticed a change in his psyche.

I think its confidence. You see him carry and possess the puck, hes one of the better guys in the league where he can control, protect, and take it to the net. Hes such a strong man and you see what he did last night thats a good sign for this hockey team. We just gotta keep him going that way.

Hossa and Duncan Keith (who played almost 29 minutes) were given the day off from practice, and we might see more of that for Hossa.

Certainly you want him to be ready for the games, said Haviland. The games are more important this time of year. He knows the system, knows what we want so if hes rested, he can play a 60-minute game like we got out of him last night and in Phoenix. Joels been around. He knows when its time to give guys days off and rest them. Certainly we need Hossa to play like he did the last two games down the stretch here.

The other positive: showing third period resiliency a second consecutive game. In 16 of the Hawks 22 regulation losses, theyve led or been tied in the third period. If they took half of those losses to overtime, theyd be sitting atop the logjam in the West instead of towards the bottom. The Hawks rallied to force O.T. with a late goal Saturday in Phoenix, then rebounded from the Wilds tying goal in Wednesdays third.

Its a sign were growing as a team. Maybe its a little later than we thought. When you come from behind and get a point in Phoenix on the road, you get a ton of confidence and thats what we need to see here.

Its nice to see, having a 1-0 lead going in, but even though we gave it up, we came back and won, according to Kane. But the West is so good this year. Columbus is just two points behind us. I think we all know how good we are in here, and if we put it all together, we can still have a special season again.

By-the-Ways

Kane on Wednesdays return after a two-day bout with the flu: I was a little tired, a little sluggish last night, but I wish we could play tonight, I feel so much better. Its tough being in bed a couple days, but hopefully that means Im that much better tomorrow.

Sharp on catching Chicago Magazine cover-boy grief: A couple of guys are giving me a hard time. I know Jonathan (Toews) is pretty jealous about it. He thinks Michigan Avenue magazine can steal the show, and hes upset hes not one of the 50 Most Beautiful Chicagoans. But are guys are having fun with it.

Reporters didnt get a chance to ask Haviland if Corey Crawford returns to the net Friday against the Blue Jackets, but we can only guess after Thursdays evaluation of his 33-save night against Minnesota:

He was outstanding. He kept us in it early on when we didnt have our legs. He battled when we turned the puck over in our end and they got some point-blank chances and he stood on his head.

Chris Boden is the host of Blackhawks Pre and Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet.

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks hit road to face Blue Jackets

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks hit road to face Blue Jackets

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. One big reunion.

The Blackhawks will square off with the Blue Jackets for the first time since Oct. 7, which was the second game of the season. In that game, they won 5-1 led by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad, each of whom scored a goal and added an assist.

Of course, that was the first game since the offseason trade that sent Artemi Panarin to Columbus and Saad back to Chicago, along with Anton Forsberg. Artem Anisimov, of course, was part of the original deal that sent Saad to Columbus in 2015, so there are a lot of emotional ties between the two teams.

Forsberg didn't get a chance to face the Blue Jackets in the first meeting, but there's a chance he will this time with it being the second of a back-to-back and Jean-Francois Berube getting the start in Friday's 3-1 win over San Jose.

2. Panarin and Kane bromance.

The emotions of a difficult break-up have probably died down by now, but Panarin and Kane gave us this moment at center ice during pregame warmups in their first game against each other and it hit Chicago right in the feels:

Panarin has spent enough time apart from Kane for people to realize how big of a star he is in his own right, leading the Blue Jackets in all three scoring categories: goals (17), assists (32) and points (49).

He hasn't gone more than three games this season without recording a point, and is looking to extend his point streak to four games, which would tie a season high.

3. Struggling Blue Jackets special teams.

The Blue Jackets got off to a great start but are barely clinging onto a wild card spot going into Saturday's game, and a big reason for that slide is their lack of success on special teams. Usually one can pick up the slack for the other, but they've been brutal in both departments.

The Blue Jackets are 0-for-9 on the power play in their past five games and are ranked 31st overall, converting on only 14.1 percent of their opportunities. They also have own the 27th-ranked penalty kill with a 76.3 percent success rate.

So if there's an area the Blackhawks can exploit, it's that. But, you know, still be mindful of that Russian winger's one-timer from the faceoff circle.

Jean-Francois Berube impressed in his first Blackhawks start

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Jean-Francois Berube impressed in his first Blackhawks start

Jean-Francois Berube got his first start of the season on Friday night, and it couldn't have gone any better.

The 26-year-old goaltender stopped 42 of 43 shots, a career-high for him in saves, in the Blackhawks' 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks at the United Center.

Since Corey Crawford went down with a head injury last December, the Blackhawks have been searching for consistency in the crease. 

The pair of Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass — who was assigned to Rockford on Feb. 15 and replaced with Berube — have had their ups and downs since then. With the Blackhawks out of the playoff picture, Berube had an opportunity showcase his skills, and he didn't disappoint.

"We were very happy with him," said coach Joel Quenneville. "I thought he did a great job. He was comfortable. I thought he was very patient in his net. Absorbing a lot of pucks with people in front of him was good. Closed some gaps and got … of the top of the paint. Rebound control was effective. Nice response from a long absence."

Berube's last — and only — appearance with the Blackhawks prior to Friday's game came on Dec. 6, relieving Forsberg in a game against the Washington Capitals. He recorded 12 saves of 14 shots. 

When Crawford got injured, Berube was the primary candidate to become the team's backup goaltender. The only problem? He was injured too, so the Blackhawks promoted Glass.

"I didn't want to sit and think about it," Berube said of his injury. "At the same time, it was great for Glasser. He was one of those guys that probably deserved it earlier in his career and he finally got his chance. Sometimes you need a guy to go down to have your chance. So I was mostly happy for him.

On Friday night, he got his chance.

"You always want to have a good impression for your first game," Berube said. "I know what I can do at this level, so it was just a matter of getting the opportunity to play and showing people what I can do."

Celebrating his 22nd birthday, Nick Schmaltz also had a goal and an assist. Artem Anisimov scored an empty-netter.

"It's a lot more fun coming to the rink when you're winning, enjoying each other, playing well as a team," Schmaltz said of the Blackhawks' win, which have now won three of their last four games. "Hopefully we can keep that good energy and bring it to the rink every day, and build off of that.

"You never know where this team can go, a lot of great players, lots of guys that have had a lot of success. Hopefully we can continue to put together solid efforts."